Mark Hudson in the Daily Telegraph described the ‘baffling absences’ of star pieces from the museum’s own collections, suggesting that the ‘sociology of Vikingdom is well-served but not the visual culture.’ Jonathan Jones in the Guardian felt like he’d been ‘thrown straight into some thorny problems of archaeology… I felt like crying. Where were the swords?’ The Times followed suite with Rachel Campbell Jones’ point that she ‘felt like you need to be a detective to get the most out of this Nordic noir drama.’
Meanwhile, our own roving Viking correspondent (i.e. he’s a Viking, who’s also a correspondent) said ‘you’d have to be an archaeological philistine, or at least a Chief Art Critic, to roll up to an exhibition like this and decry the lack of shiny stuff.’ So as a public service to correct this waffle, here are 15 of our favourite finds (in addition to THE star find – Roskilde 6), that you can see in the new Vikings exhibition.
Did we miss your favourite find? Let us know in the comments box below…
the berserkers, carved from Walrus ivory, these date to the late 12th century, and were found on Uig, Lewis, Scotland. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
with filigree terminal and suspension ring, 10th century. From Gedehaven, southwest Zealand, Denmark. © The National Museum of Denmark.
comprising fourteen filigree pendants, spacers, brooch and neck-ring, probably made in Denmark in the late 10th century. From Neuendorf/Hiddensee, Rügen, Germany. © Jutta Grudziecki, Kulturhistorisches Museum der Hansestadt Stralsund.
with dragon’s head (16.2cm in length) dating to AD 950 – 1000, from Hedeby in modern Germany. © Wikinger Museum Haithabu.
North Yorkshire, dating to AD 900s, comprising silver-gilt, gold, silver. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
of Anlaf Guthfrithsson of Northumbria (939–41). © The Trustees of the British Museum.
in the Mammen style, dating to AD 900s. from Bjerringhøj, Mammen, Jutland, Denmark. © The National Museum of Denmark.
from Gävle, Sweden, measuring 44.37cm. © The National Museum of Denmark.
(Silver with niello) dating to AD 800-1050, from Lejre, Zealand, Denmark.. © Ole Malling.
dating to the 10th century AD, from Kalmergården, Tissø, Zealand, Denmark. © The National Museum of Denmark.
(12.2cm in diameter) a gold, silver and amber object dating to approximately AD 700, from Hunterston, Ayrshire, Scotland. © National Museums Scotland.
shaped like a ship, dating to AD 800-1050, from Tjørnehøj II, Fyn, Denmark. Copper alloy. © The National Museum of Denmark.
a silver object dating to the 9th century AD, from Galgebakken, Vrejlev, Vendsyssel, Denmark. © The National Museum of Denmark.
a wooden tray or platter with Scandinavian decoration, dating to the 10th century AD, from Berlin-Spandu, Berlin, Germany. © Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
late 8th–early 9th century AD from Kalundborg or Holbæk, Zealand, Denmark. © The National Museum of Denmark.
Want more Vikings? Check out ‘Friday Five… The Worst Vikings Ever’ …or our own review of Vikings – Life and Legend
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